Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Children

Great article written by Ricardo Almeida on the advantages of martial arts over team sports.

11 Reasons Why Martial Arts are Better for your Kids than Team Sports

23176Photo Credit to Bella Dreams Photography

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

How to Fix Your Gi Pants String

All credit here goes to Positional Hierarchy. Great post on how to fix your string when it… um, falls out. I could have used this a few weeks ago.


Posted in Jiu Jitsu 101 | Tagged , | Leave a comment

“Not all those who wander are lost”

I was lucky enough to get away to South Carolina for a week to relax and it was amazing. I love stepping away from the daily grind here in busy New Jersey to reflect on things, reset myself and spend time with family. Even though I have that “must train” mentality in the back of my head when I’m away, getting away is must in the balance of life.

Sitting on the beach and riding my bike through paths along the salt water marshes up and down the shoreline I picked apart my game a thousand times over in my head. Just letting my mind wander through the current landscapes and back to thinking about my Jiu Jitsu. By letting my mind roam I could see holes in my game I didn’t see before and opportunities to focus. It was a beautiful thing.  I feel refreshed and ready to continue making the dream a reality.

Personally I think everyone should take some time to step outside your normality and reflect upon yourself, whatever that may be; family, Jiu Jitsu, life. However, now it’s time to jump back in and make things happen. See you on the mats!

I did get to sneak away and train at a local BJJ gym for a day:) Big thanks to Serra BJJ in Myrtle Beach for welcoming me. Great guys and top notch Jiu Jitsu down there there.


 Oh yeah, random fact… A gator almost ate my bike!

park with Tom-8466

Posted in BJJ Quotes and Inspiration | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Jiu Jitsu is Art

jjt picture-6771

Jiu Jitsu is an amazing opportunity to explore photography. It’s art in motion. If I can instill anything upon you I suggest you take pictures of your journey through Jiu Jitsu. Don’t be shy to ask a fellow teammate or family member to snap a few pics. The memories will be worth it. Don’t do it for social media, but for that day when you’re a black belt and your peers see a pic of you as a white belt. To show your kids one day. Bring back the reality that everyone started from the ground up. Not only that, you can see how BJJ changes your body. It’s always great to look back and see what you have accomplished.

Here’s a pic I snapped of two of my buddies between rolls. It’s by far one of my favorites. Enjoy!


Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Changing Lives Through Jiu Jitsu


The influential man is the successful man, whether he be rich or poor. ~Orison Swett Marden

The influential man is the successful man, whether he be rich or poor.
~Orison Swett Marden


Posted in BJJ Quotes and Inspiration, Jiu Jitsu Way of Life! | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

To Gi or Not to Gi?

To Gi or Not to Gi?

Image | Posted on by | Leave a comment


Have you ever suffered an injury that has kept you off the mats? Whether you have dealt with this unfortunate circumstance or been lucky enough to lead a healthy injury free journey I would like to share a powerful article written by one of my Professors, Pete McHugh.

I read this article during a time when I was dealing with a partially torn LCL. Not fun! I found his post to be very inspiring at a time when I needed it the most. It gave me motivation to push forward and stay positive when I was feeling down. That’s what Jiu Jitsu and life is about, right folks? Read it yourself from one of the best. 


Pete McHugh received his black belt from UFC Legend and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Legend Ricardo Almeida. Pete is the owner and founder of McHugh Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Mt. Laurel New Jersey. He is one of the best Jiu Jitsu practitioners I have had the pleasure knowing, a world class coach and a phenomenal person. 

“It is a rough road that leads to the heights of greatness.”

~ Lucius Annaeus Seneca

If you are ever in the Mt. Laurel, NJ area come check out McHugh BJJ




Posted in Jiu Jitsu Way of Life!, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment